Clark County-based Huber's Orchard & Winery is planning to expand production into whiskey, bourbon, vodka and gin. The move comes on the heels of a new state law that allows distilleries to sell spirits directly to customers. Co-owner Ted Huber believes the change will result in new production and tourism jobs at his winery and throughout the state. He says the family-owned operation in Starlight already attracts more than 550,000 visitors per year. Huber says Indiana can become a leader in the spirit industry.

Posey County Employer Plans Upgrades

SABIC's Innovative Plastics division is planning two major investments at its Mount Vernon facility. The company says a co-generation plant should help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. SABIC is also planning new technology to streamline the chemical production process. The projects are expected to create between 150 and 200 temporary construction jobs.

State to Name New Ag Director

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann is set to announce a new director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. A spokeswoman for the lieutenant governor's office tells Inside INdiana Business Gina Sheets is leaving the post to join her husband on a mission trip in Liberia. Sheets has been leading the department since January

Indy Auto Show Hits 100

Nearly 40 global automobile manufacturers will take part in the 100th Indianapolis Auto Show. The event begins the day after Christmas and runs through New Year's Day. More than 400 vehicles will be on display during the milestone show.

West Lafayette Council OKs Amtrak Funding

The West Lafayette City Council has approved $200,000 for the Amtrak Hoosier State Line. WLFI-TV reports Mayor John Dennis is still concerned about two bridge construction projects that could affect ridership.

State Working on New Energy Plan

Efforts are underway to develop a new state energy plan. The Indiana Office of Energy Development says the cost of electricity for industrial customers has increased since the current blueprint was put together in 2006. Indiana now has the 27th lowest industrial rates in the country.

Indy to Highlight Downtown Strategy

More than 500 people are expected to attend an event this afternoon to outline a comprehensive vision for downtown Indianapolis. The five-year Velocity plan will be unveiled at the gathering, which will also mark the 20th anniversary of Indianapolis Downtown Inc.

StreetLinks Relocating HQ

Indianapolis-based StreetLinks Lender Solutions is planning to move its headquarters to a new downtown development. The company expects to relocate 200 employees to space in the $30 million Artistry building this spring.

Raytheon Scores Military Contract

Raytheon Co. in Fort Wayne has landed a nearly $98 million U.S. Army contract. The 5-year deal involves electronic planning and management technology.

Hinkle Campaign Hits Target

Butler University's Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse has surpassed its public fundraising goal. The university says nearly $17 million has been raised, including donations from every player and coach on its athletic teams.

Shoe Carnival Reports Lower Profit

Evansville-based Shoe Carnival Inc. is reporting a fiscal third-quarter profit of $10.9 million, down from $12.2 million during the comparable period the previous year. The company says sales were negatively impacted this year due to a shift in its fiscal calendar.

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